CLINICS AND TRAINING Irish Blind Golf provides training, development and playing opportunities for visually impaired and blind golfers.
When golf is played by a fully sighted person, they don’t have to think twice about teeing the ball up, lining up the shot, observing the flight of the ball after it has been struck, and finding where it has landed.
Golfers with severe visual impairments, may have little or no difficulty actually hitting the ball, but what then!? What’s the correct direction? How far is the hole? Where has the ball finished?
Blind golf is a two person sport. Firstly there’s the player who has the technique to play the stroke, then there’s the guide. That’s the second person, the one who takes care of lining the player up, knowing when it is safe to hit, calculating yardage, reading putts and making decisions around course management.
We have found that about 30% of the people who attend our clinics wish to learn more about how to play golf. There is a transition phase between clinics and playing on an 18 hole golf course. This can be achieved by attending one to one tuition, between a trainee golfer and a qualified PGA golf teacher. Irish Blind Golf will provide financial subsidies for golf lessons to a limited number of golfers suffering from sight loss. Additionally, golf clinics are run in Dublin by John Langan, PRO, Leopardstown Golf Course and by Fingal Sports Partnership. If you live outside Dublin, Irish Blind Golf will endeavor to work with you to develop a training programme with a PGA qualified professional golfer. We would also encourage you to find a person willing to attend your training sessions as well as guide you on golf outings.